Book Review:The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 1: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman

I missed the original 39 Clues. I had multiple chances to get in on it, and as someone who loves that type of immersive experience I really should have jumped on it. But I missed the first two or three books completely, and decided I had missed the bus. So when I saw the new series, I jumped at it.

Readers of the original books will find a lot to love in this new series — the old characters are back, but in a totally new situation. Someone is hunting Cahills, so the entire family must band together if they want to survive. That’s a tough thing for them to do, though, and it makes for some REALLY interesting situations.

Of course, Dan and Amy (from the previous books) are the leaders of the Cahill effort — much to the chagrin and dismay of many of their relatives. They take advantage of the fortune they’ve inherited to launch a desperate attempt to find their missing relations and stop the threat to the family. And they’ve got an ace in the hole — one known by only one person.

Dan remembers the 39 ingredients. And he’s willing to use it.

Get in on the ground floor of this one — you don’t need to have read the first series to enjoy this one, but it will be that much more fun if you already are familiar with the Cahills. And if you happen to teach, you will need to know this book, AND the series before it.

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